A story works when there’s momentum, life behind the words. Some stories have this and others don’t, and it’s difficult to say why this is. If all stories “worked,” though, writing wouldn’t be much of a challenge; it wouldn’t be art.
There are many stories I’ve wanted to write that I’m simply not able to—sometimes I haven’t found the way in yet, and it doesn’t matter how hard I try. Sometimes the way comes later, when I’m not working or thinking about it at all.
I’m super excited to have been accepted and officially signed up as an attendee for the Kenyon Writers Workshop for fiction this summer. If you’re going or you know anyone else who is, let me know! I’m already sharpening my Dixon Ticonderogas in anticipation.